Certatio Equestris | Avery Brewing Company

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Certatio EquestrisCertatio Equestris

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Based off of a Mint Julep cocktail. This sour ale is bourbon barrel-aged with spearmint added.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-11-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by neenerzig:
Photo of neenerzig
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a fairly hazy, medium copper color with lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continually rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that's about an inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a medium sized cluster swirl of foam on the beer's surface and good lacing. Aromas of some bready malts, oaked bourbon, a hint of spearmint, and certainly some musty tart funk. The taste is pretty much the same, with some bready malts, the spearmint, the tart sour funk, and a nice touch of bouron oak. No discernible hop flavor here of course, as is typical for the style. The flavors that are present all balance each other out very nicely, and the addition of the spearmint is certainly a nice, unique touch here. Has a somewhat crisp, also smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a clean finish with a somewhat dry aftertaste. Damn good beer here and a nice take on this style.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deconstructing the mint julep leads Avery to the understanding that the drink isn't simply a Derby Day tipple, but a culture, a lifestyle, an event. Holding onto the quintessential elements of the bourbon-laced drink, they take the sour mash of bourbon making quite literal in the fermentation character of Certatio Equestris.

A faintly hazed golden glow carries a soft translucence with a daintily and quick collapsing swirl of froth. Typical wine, cider and sour scents are moderately musty and earthy but then brightened by the overcast of peppermint. Its taste, however reverts back to the beer's wild nature- the subtleness of powdered sugar and honey soothe the early palate in great anticipation of trailing sourness.

As the sweetness dissolves, a exoskeleton of wafer cracker remains and is the only reprieve froth the sheer sourness that teases the middle palate. Dry cider, sour white grape, dry chardonnay, lemon, lime, crabapple and suggestions of vinegar break up the malt and usher in a crisp and palate-stripping acidic taste. As the mint flavors build, the trailing taste is a complex addition that adds intrigue, curiosity but an aura of confusion.

Light bodied and highly refreshing, the beer's supreme dryness and spirited effervescence breaks up the taste and highlights the beer's acidic fruit flavor and the pepperiness of mint, natural fermentation spice, a mineral sense of brine, modest hop bitterness and the boozy bite of juniper-laced gin. Echoes of saddle leather, burlap and weathered oak last briefly in aftertaste- en route to a quick and effortless exit from the palate.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A sour and zesty aroma with a scent of spearmint, brett, and whiskey. Big scent of spearmint. Sour and tart scent of brett and lacto yeast. Barrel hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Barley malt hints of grains and cracker. Fruit hints of lemon, lime, apple, and grapes. A pretty nice and interesting aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sour and zesty taste with notes of spearmint, brett, and whiskey. Big taste of spearmint. Good sour and tart notes of brett and lacto yeast. Moderate barrel notes of bourbon whiskey mash, oak, vanilla, and wood. Barley malt notes of grains and cracker. Dried fruit notes of lemon, lime, grapes, and apple. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Tart, juicy, and drying.

Overall: A pretty good and interesting twist on a Sour. Its an odd combo of spearmint, brett, and bourbon that strangely works really well.

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Photo of DruC4
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raisingfable
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DenverBigRed
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beergorrilla
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arniepnminne
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mongrel
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well this is interesting, to say the least. Seems like a really tasty base beer with a good balance of lactic and acetic acid. Sharp and funky, lemony and leathery. And then of course there's no getting around the spearmint, which is omnipresent but not overbearing. It's interesting and actually pretty pleasant, but probably not necessary. Bourbon barrel maybe contributes some caramel and vanilla, along with an oaky dryness.

Glad to have tried this, and I'd be glad to imbibe again should anyone offer, but I doubt I'd buy another bottle. Although I admit this one really came together and grew on me towards the end.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-Barrel aged sour ale, no. 38. Bottled 06.13.16. consumed 12.08.16. aged in bourbon barrels with spearamint.

A: Light ice tea coloring, decent visibility factor, quick paced micro-effervesce bubbles rise to the surface. A beige frothy film covering with a short life span leaves multiple stratified lace bands down the vessel.

S: The spearamint comes on strong right from the get go and bottle. In the vessel the sourness is more exposed, sour whiskey mash, lemons come to life with lots of backup from the spearamint. Good strength.

T: Very good souring for flavor, whiskey mash, lemons and some sour ice-tea and sour jelly beans. Caramel cream, some light alcohol spice of cinnamon and cardamon with some pine scotch and honey cypress hops. Sweet rum-bourbon barrel sugars and barrel woodiness with some cereal grains. Very good souring that increases as the drink passes.

M: Light bodied, good carbonation very easy and light on the tongue.

O: Abv 0f 8.9% feels nice and just right, perfectly accented, very smooth drinkability mid-range sourness.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Hazy, rich peach with a little blush. Thick small bubbled head that leaves messy lacing.
smell: Mint. Tart and sour richness with a counter on the sweet side.
taste: a little sweet that gives way to dry fast. an initial snap of mild sour & tart also dissipates to a surprisingly crisp, dry and lemony finish.
Well, i've never had a mint julep but this is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a slightly hazed golden orange topped by a dense finger and a half of white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of a nice and pleasant sourness with some slight stone fruit notes along with some bourbon and oak. I expected to find mint on the nose but it isn't there
T: Taste is slightly minty with some nice sourness. Mint definitely comes in strong on the palate those stone fruit notes are still there along with some bourbon barrel notes. On the swallow there is some nice sweetness, bourbon barrel notes, mint, light sourness, and some lingering stone fruits.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body and is slightly slick on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent but is not prickly while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this one is interesting. The mint is an interesting dimension to add to a beer. I guess it tastes like what they were going for but I could see this one being a little polarizing. Worth a try if you like things a little different and they make it again.

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Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjd315
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 6/13/16, had 1/15/17.

Pours a mostly clear orange- more cloudy on the 2nd pour, with a half inch quickly dissipating head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Smells tart and sour, spearmint, yeast, malt, brett, a little funk, a light whiskey, light vanilla. Really interesting how the mint is the focal point. The spearmint takes the lead with the taste, then malt, light whiskey, a little wine, some vanilla and caramel. Some brett, but also a sweetness. Some tartness and sourness, a bit more as it warms. Smooth, a solid body, well carbonated.

Really good, the spearmint is great. The whiskey barrels are surprisingly light in both the flavor and aroma. Hard to describe, but even though the breakdown is pretty similar, the aroma and flavor seemed much different. Great effort from Avery.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phineasco
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark orange copper with a medium white head. It has medium carbonation. The beer smells of bourbon, spearmint, oak, and leather. It tastes tart, with apples, spearmint, leather, oak, and bourbon. The feel is medium full, but very drinkable. A great unique sour from Avery.

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Photo of PassMeAZima
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hermit990
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soupyman10
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Certatio Equestris from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 106 ratings